Saturday, September 6, 2008
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne is an interesting city in the Northeast part of England, situated on the Tyne River. The city is best known for the 6 bridges that span it. You can see a few of them in the photo above. The Tyne Bridge was designed and built by the same person who built the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia, although the Tyne Bridge is on a much smaller scale. There is a swing bridge that rotates 180 degrees to allow tall ships to pass by. The most recent bridge is the Gateshead Millennium bridge which opens to allow ship traffic to pass through.
We had an interested visit to a 13th century Norman Castle Keep, built by Henry II. A Keep is a stone castle or tower that is used as a fortress or dungeon. It was a maze of up and down narrow staircases that in some cases seemed to lead nowhere. We made it down to the dungeon which was also used as a cemetary. As is true of most ancient places, we were told the castle is haunted, and in fact, the show "Most Haunted" did a segment there!
Stay tuned for a stop in Scotland